Masterclass: NCC Section J – Unpacked & Demystified: 1

Masterclass: NCC Section J – Unpacked & Demystified: 1

Masterclass: NCC Section J – Unpacked and Demystified: 1



This CPD Masterclass relates specifically to challenges architects are experiencing in relation to Section J of the NCC.

Part 1 unpacks Section J overall in a series of recorded presentations. It considers case studies in different climate zones, discusses thermal bridging unpacks the difference between Performance Solutions and Deemed to Satisfy.

Presenters are architects, environmental consultants and a façade engineer who will consider a more detailed examination of thermal bridging. An architect will discuss how to successfully collaborate with an environmental consultant, at what stage of a project to engage an environmental consultant and what information is required for an appropriate brief.



This presentation is equivalent to 4 hours/points of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

    Design: Project Briefing 
    1.4 Identification of factors that may impact on client project requirements and objectives.

    Design: Conceptual Design 
    3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.
    3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of relevant legislation, codes and industry standards.
    3.7 Assessment and integration of construction systems and materials consistent with project brief.

    Design: Schematic Design 
    4.6 Investigation and integration of appropriate material selection for the project design.

    Documentation: Detailed Design 
    5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.
    5.5 Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Explain the key components of NCC2019 Section J which contribute to its central aim of reducing energy consumption by 30 to 40 percent. 
  • Integrate and effectively use the NCC 2019 Façade calculator in your practice.
  • Incorporate current knowledge of thermal bridging & spandrel glazing into your fabric assessments.   
  • Demonstrate an active awareness that energy consumption (kWh) is now expressed as GHG emissions.
  • Consider Section J at the early design stages, employing your knowledge of its requirements for facade design, feasibility and specification as they apply to your key design objectives.
  • Discuss the best time to engage a specialist consultant, the best way to brief your consultant and what information do you need for briefing your consultant?

Michael Shaw



Educated in both engineering and architecture, Michael Shaw is the ESD Manager at Connor Pincus Group services engineering consultants. He has worked in government and in private consulting and has extensive experience in the application of environmental rating systems. Michael has delivered many training seminars for architects, engineers and building surveyors in the application of NCC Section J.

Gary Wertheimer



Gary Wertheimer is an ESD professional with broad experience in the areas of statutory planning, regulatory compliance, Green Star and sustainability upgrade programs. 
He has been involved in the building industry for over 17 years and has a proven track of delivering pragmatic and well-conceived ESD solutions. These solutions are underpinned by scientific and engineering rigour, and are evaluated on a triple bottom line basis.

He leads a multi-disciplinary team passionate about delivering tangible expressions of sustainability in the built environment.

Scott Beazley



After completing a Bachelor or Architecture at the University of Sydney, Scott has gained over 35 years of experience practicing in Architecture and 28 years in CAD-BIM teaching at university and technical colleges. In addition to his university commitments, Scott has worked for the past 6 years as a digital technology manager for a leading quantity surveyor helping with validation of models for quantification to derive costs.

Michael Min Ra



Graduating in 1999 from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago School of Architecture with budding interests in building design materials and means of making, Michael headed to New York City to work under Tim Macfarlane of Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners on building facades.  There, in a highly immersive and self governed environment, he gained unique experiences working on the invention of a cable shell structure for the Mori Art Center in Tokyo and subsequently in developing the very first Apple store feature glass elements in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.    Two years later in New York with his colleague Marc Simmons and Bruce Nichol, embarked on the ambition of starting a new practice calling it FRONT, expanding later to California, Asia and most recently to Europe.    

Michael Resides in Hong Kong with his family jointly running the entire global practice with his partners working on projects of all scales ranging from art installations and cultural institutions to high rise buildings.

Ahmad Abas



As a Founding Director of Gresley Abas, and based in Melbourne since 2016, Ahmad brings design talent and incisive analytical skills to projects, from briefing and concept through to documentation, delivery and handover.
Over the past two decades, Ahmad has successfully procured and delivered many complex and logistically challenging projects. He draws upon excellent negotiation, relationship-building and team-management skills. His experience includes lead consultant on numerous public and institutional projects, often working with multiple stakeholders.



Robert Romanous



Robert has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Technology Sydney, with a Diploma in Engineering Practice and Cert IV in NatHERS Assessment. During his study and consultancy work, he has focused on the sustainable design, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings.
Experience in thermal and energy modelling software, including IES VE, BERSpro and FirstRate5, combined with an understanding of building principles, allows Robert to provide his clients with practical design solutions. Due to the introduction of tighter thermal bridging restrictions into the NCC 2019 Section J, Robert and his team have been working with architects and Façade product manufacturers to streamline this transition across all building sectors. Robert is currently the ESD Manager at BCA Energy.




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This project was supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources through the Climate Solutions Package.